Monday, February 25, 2008

A note on being a Dad

This blog, started as a Journey to Fatherhood, has now become a Journey IN Fatherhood. I have spent most of these pages dedicated to the milestones and growth of Everett but have not touched on what it feels like to be a dad, so to remedy that I offer this thought:

When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things." I Cor. xiii. 11.

When I was a child I used to laugh and sing and dance around. When I became a man these things ceased as I knew them. The best part about being a dad is that I get to experience them all over again. I can dance to ridiculously goofy songs (think "Whip it" by Devo); I can run around the house acting like a monster, bounce on the bed, make funny faces, go sledding, pretend the grocery cart (carriage for New Englanders) is a race car (complete with skidding rear wheels.) I can even screech out the sound effects. I don't have to care what the outside world thinks of that behavior, only that it makes my son smile, or laugh that laugh that makes me forget there is an outside world. Sure, there will be a time that comes way to soon when that type of behavior embarrasses him and I will have to cease once again. Hell, I will probably even embarrass him a few times before I stop, but until then, I sure am having fun. It is important to remember how much fun the world can be, and however wise I think I become the real wisdom is in viewing the world through a child's eyes. I hope this blog is entertaining but also reminds us of how wonderful the little things are. I thank my son for showing me this once again.


Anonymous said...

AMEN!!! My Son!

Love, your mom

Anonymous said...

As a Father myself I can tell you the Journey "In" Fatherhood is an ongoing, wonderful experience. It doesn't stop when your children reach a point in their lives where they seem to be embarassed by your behavior as you describe. It doesn't stop when your children grow up and find their own way in life as you have done so well. It doesn't stop when your children are blessed to find a wonderful person that they will share their life with as you have in finding your beautiful wife Amy.

As you have described so well, the joy that your beautiful son Everett has brought to you and Amy,(as well as to his Grand Parents) I can tell you that you continue to do the same for your mother and myself. I am proud to know that you enlightened by the joy of Fatherhood.

You are correct Clint. Real wisdom comes comes from viewing the world through a child's eyes. I also thank "my" son for continuing to show me this as the Journey "IN" Fatherhood continues for me.

Love to you, Amy and Everett

your Dad

Anonymous said...

It makes you wonder...who teaches who more, parent or child.